Saturday, August 28, 2010

Self Defense 101 applications - Double Wrist Grab 2

Defense illustration agains a double wrist grab - palm cross technique

Self Defense 101 applications - Double Wrist Grab

Defense application against a double wrist grab - pressure point technique.

Self Defense 101 applications - Single Wrist Grab

Defense illustration against a single wrist grab.

Video recorded by Thomas A. Felder (6 years old)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Tensho Goju Circuit Training

One of the training highlights for this month involved muscle strengthening were students had the opportunity to meet various training introduced by Hanshi Felder, along with his circuit training session. This particular training session included some additional equipment to enhance the activities, such as the Total Gym, abdominal machine, cement center block, and an abdominal wheel. Students were required to train at each station for one minute and then rotate to the next follow on station completing two cycles on the first training period. The target goal for each student will be five one minute rotations through five stations and three rotations through seven stations. Additionally, Hanshi will include dumbells, jump rope, chair, and tiger claw ring. Click on video for the first session

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Tensho Goju Woodline Training

Tensho Goju Fighting Tigers (youth) woodline training consisted of a rigorous physical workout and various self defense applications of aiki jitsu. Illustration is that of a hook sweep take down defense against a punch.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Self Defense 101 applications - Frontal Bear Hug Defense 2

Master Felder illustrates a defense against a frontal bear hug above the elbows.

Self Defense 101 applications - Front Bear Hug Attack 1

Master Felder illustrates a defense application from the front bear hug attack positioned below the elbow.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Self Defense Workshop - Taking Authority, Final Review

Thank you for attending the Self Defense Workshop and allowing me to share my skills by blessing you with some beneficial countermeasures against armed attackers. My workshops are of variety and usually never follow the same lesson plan. Therefore, the next workshop will focus on totally different approaches by an assailant, so be sure to sign the guestbook or send an email that your name can be added to the next workshop calendar announcement.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Pros and Cons to Realistic Training

Teaching martial has always been one of my greatest highlights throughout my 37 years of martial arts training. I enjoy sharing my skills and always consider myself blessed to be a blessing. I've trained over a thousand students and earned the respect of each one from youngest to oldest. My training antics have never changed from the time I opened my first dojo in 1983 regarding full contact approach in self defense and reality training. This would involve illustrations of defensive techniques and allowing my students to apply the techniques on me after I attack. I've taken a great deal of physical abuse through the years with eye gauges, kicks and knees to the groin, throws, finger and joint locks, scratches and head butts to the face in order to ensure students achieve the level of confidence to deploy the techniques in a life threatening situation and survive.

Click on the photo to the right and view the MMA magazine footage with Grandmaster Ron Van Clief and me training two brutal days of ground fighting tactics. Always a student of the martial arts regardless of title, rank or position.

Many have asked when I will stop allowing my body to be used as a human practice aid. Well, I guess the appropriate answer would be when it stops allowing me. Have a blessed day, Hanshi :-)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Three Phase Lateral and Defense Applications

Step by step illustration of Felder's Tensho Goju Three Phase Lateral movements consisting of side step, rear lateral and cross step movements.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Home Training Program for Remote Students

All, Felder Hanshi has launched his new home training program under the Student Resources icon located on the main Tensho Goju home page. This new resource will enable students to review and learn techniques that Hanshi illustrates month by month. In addition, remote students will recieve DVD's through the month to be viewed on their large television for a larger view of the applications. Remote students can now click here to view the training videos.

If you wish to learn Tensho Goju, just complete the Enrollment for on the main page and select Home Training Program. God bless.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Fighting Tigers - Youth Class

The Tensho Goju Fighting Tigers is a highly motivated training session combined of male and female youths in ages 8 through 15 years of age. Students learn the no-nonsense physical, mental and spiritual aspects of Tensho Goju as it relates to self defense and conditioning. Classes are taught by Grandmaster Thomas Felder every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:45 pm.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Home Training Program - Defense Knee Drop Application

Enroll in the Tensho Goju Home Training Program and receive up to date illustrations of monthly student training sessions, along with step by step video footage of Tensho Goju Aiki Jitsu and Self Defense.

Chair Defense Application with Thomas Felder Hanshi

Master Felder illustrates three scenerio based self defense applications from a chair seated position.

Nunchakas Basic movements of Tensho Goju

Follow through with the basic movementsw of the nunchakas with Thomas Felder Hanshi. Techniques shown are derived from the Tensho Goju system. Practice slowly for proper development of application and skill.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Office Fitness Break

All, I have introduced the public to my new fitness plan for the office environment. Naturally, the training can be conducted at anytime and any location with internet capability. Nevertheless, my intent is for the office with minimum space. In addition, the exercises I introduce will not produce excessive sweating, so there will not be a need for an immediate shower after the training (smile). Actually, each session will not exceed 10 minutes. My goal is to give employees an alternative outlet from routine smoking and over eating at the desk. The training sessions will target the upper, middle and lower body muscles with sessions in muscle conditioning, muscle strengthening, and relaxation.

Equipment requirement: As I mentioned previously with my scope of the Office Fitness Break being a short office workout session, which means there will be no special equipment required other than the basic office furniture e.g. desk, rotary chair, books, and a telephone.

Finally, I will do my part in posting a five day work week training session for you to work. Please, take the ten minutes and work the plan... you can do it! Also, let other office workers, friends and families in on the free training sessions. Click on this link for the training . Don't forget to let us know how you enjoyed the training by signing our guestbook. Have a blessed day.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Self Defense 101

The Self Defense 101 lunchtime training workshop launched today as a kick off session. The official start of the weekly classes will begin on April 9, 2010.

Today's training focus was on breathing, evasive foot work with Felder's Tensho Goju 3 stage lateral movement pattern, along with blocks. Students were introduced to the back lateral, lateral side step, and lateral cross step. Furthermore, the applied steps were combined with the side palm block, rising block and palm up block. See video clips for review and practice.

Peacemaker Self Defense Workshop

Students of Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma had the opportunity to engage in an extensive hands on Self Defense Workshop with Grandmaster Thomas Felder and Luis Lopez. Techniques delivered were based on sudden grabs from various approaching directions. Felder's methodology is quite unique when it comes to presenting his self defense workshop, as his techniques delivered are carefully catered to the participating audience. Specifically, simple assaults, date rape, obnoxious behavior resulting in physical grabs and pulls are more prone to be experienced in a college campus, as well as rape, said Felder. Therefore, techniques against purse snatching would not be a focus point for college self defense workshop. Felder routinely illustrates defensive applications and the students are given the chance to apply each technique in a realistic form as the Masters attack them aggressively. Felder believes in realistic training, and for this cause you will never see him wearing protective garments during his self defense teachings.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Tensho Goju Demonstrations and Self Defense Workshop Kick Off

Tensho Goju is kicking off with a bang in 2010, with Self Defense Workshops and Demonstrations making news headlines. Felder has been blessed to be a blessing in sharing his talent with the Lawton and Fort Sill Community, along with his assistant Luis Lopez Colon, which began training at the Tensho Goju academy in late January. It is truly a unique period in having two Grandmaster's of Goju with same rank working side by side with the same focus. Hanshi Lopez is a Chaplain for the US Army. Since his arrival at the Tensho Goju Headquarters he has assisted Hanshi Felder with the Self Defense Workshop at Cameron University and the Total Self Defense Workshop at Fort Sill. God is good! Read News Article on the following link: Page 1 Page 2

Cat Fighting Strategies

Illustrations of Cat Fighting strategies is the quarterly focus for the Tensho Goju headquarters. The goal will be to focus on the proper distribution of weight in a stabilized cat stance and applying offensive and defense technigues to engage and counter strikes. The following Techniques used will be as follows:

Front kick, low palm block, sunfist, round kick, stepping side kick, spinning back fist.

Sunfist low palm block, palm up block, bong so, low palm and rising block, palm up block.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Round Kick Defense APD 16 Feb 10

Hanshi illustrates defense tactics against a round kick using Advanced Psychophysical Drills (APD). Complete illustration will be available to registered students under the Videos link on the Tensho Goju website.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Felder Hanshi welcomes Goju brother Luis LopezColon Hanshi

We are truly blessed in Lawton Ok to have another Goju Master onboard. We welcome you brother Lopez and may our efforts continue to be a blessing.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

UP & CLOSE with Master Thomas Felder

The following linked video is a compilation of many events from the past to present with Master Felder. At the end of the video is a scrolling credit log where Felder gives credit to his teachers Ron Van Clief Shidoshi, David L. Wynn Kyoshi, James E. McCall Kyoshi, Freddie L. Giddens Kyoshi, & Master Michael Dials. His greatest honor is to God that gave him the strength and ability to endure the decades of training and the wisdom to be a light in sharing his talent to the world.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Who is the Master

The Christian Center Drama team performes a comical scene derived from the film "The Last Dragon" transposed to present an intricate message, click on the link to view.
Who is the Master